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  1. davidguilbault

    davidguilbault Tele-Meister

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    Well, here we go. I'm having my first custom Telecaster built. Assembling the parts myself and will have a local guitar tech put it all together and set it up properly. I'm very excited. For those who care to follow along, I'll post pictures of the progress. Woo hoo!
     
  2. davidguilbault

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    Neck - Honduran Rosewood

    The neck is solid Honduran rosewood with ebony (although it looks like rosewood) skunk stripe and dots - built by Ron at Mammoth Guitars in Southern California.

    It's a C shape with a 14 radius. Thickness is .830 at the first fret and .870 at the twefth. It's a 25 1/2 inch scale with 21 medium frets that have been leveled, crowned and polished. The nut slot is 1 11/16". The heel is 2 3/16". Tuner holes are 3/8". It has a two-way adjustable truss rod at the heel. The neck and fretboard are finished with Tru-Oil.

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  3. davidguilbault

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    Pickups - Seymour Duncan

    Going with the Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz humbucker in the neck and the Seymour Duncan APTL-3JD Jerry Donahue single coil in the bridge.

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  5. davidguilbault

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    Body - Solid Mahogany with Walnut Top

    The body of solid African Mahogany with an American Black Walnut top is being built by Jeff at Peachstate Guitar in Georgia.

    Here are some pictures of his router with another body on it.

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  6. davidguilbault

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    Bridge - Gotoh Modern Bridge for Tele

    The bridge is a Gotoh Modern Bridge for Tele, with six brass saddles, finished in black.

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  7. davidguilbault

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    Tuners - Grover Locking Mini Rotomatics

    Tuners are Grover mini 6-in-line locking Rotomatics tuners finished in black.

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  8. davidguilbault

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    Wiring - The Art of Tone

    Going with CTS 500K pots with solid brass posts, CRL 3-position switch, .047 600v Sprague capacitor and vintage 22 awg stranded,tinned, braided, waxed cloth push-back wire - all bought from The Art of Tone.

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  9. davidguilbault

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    Nut - Graph Tech Black Tusq

    For the nut I have chosen Graph Tech's Black Tusq. I bought both the slotted nut for Fender (PT-5000-00) and the blank for Fender (PT-2200-00).

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    Looks wonderful even in the parts stage. Can't wait to see it assembled.
     
  11. davidguilbault

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    Accoutrements - Mahogany & Walnut

    The accoutrements on the walnut top will be mahogany to match the guitar body. (Unless I change my mind and decide to match the rosewood neck).

    The control plate is from Spaltking Guitars. The humbucker ring is from Joe Till Guitars. And the knobs are from Archipelago Glass. Hopefully the woods from different luthiers will match closely enough.

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    Below are the knobs I'll use if I decide to go all rosewood. But, rosewood control pates and humbucker rings are a little pricey for my tastes.

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  12. joeford

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    usually when i see black hardware in a build i expect to see an ugly metalhead guitar. but all the wood treatments have me interested. i'll be watching this one!
     
  13. davidguilbault

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    Migraines

    I get migraines that are triggered by quick bursts of concentrated light. So, sunlight reflecting off a chrome piece or a glossy surface can instantly bring my gig to a close, as I get a visual disturbance and can not see clearly. That is the reason for the black vs chrome hardware and the satin vs gloss finishes.
     
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    I too will keep an eye on this build. Love those rosewood control knobs
     
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    Interesting. Subscribed.
     
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    I like the idea of going with the wooden hardware. Very cool. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out
     
  17. davidguilbault

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    Second Telecaster Build - a Maple Thinline

    Well now.

    So, I bought all this black hardware for this custom Telecaster build. Then I decided to use a wooden control plate, humbucker ring and control knobs instead.

    I bought a 250k pot wiring kit. Then I decided to go with 500k pots instead.

    I now have duplicate nuts, string trees, control switches, switch tips, strap locks, wiring, capacitors and output jacks.

    And I have a left-over, single-coil bridge pickup from my Mexican Tele (which I dis-assembled and sold for parts to help fund this project).

    In essence, I have the beginnings of a SECOND guitar build.

    So, I'm also gonna build a Telecaster Thinline, too. Think I'll go Maple with this one. To that end I have bought a NOS Stewart-MacDonald Curly Maple neck from the 1990's. Here it is:

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  18. JazzyJammz

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    That Rosewood is DARN Beautiful. Great taste!
     
  19. davidguilbault

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    It sure is. The neck is actually not as red-looking as it shows in the photo. It's more a deeper brown - closer to walnut. Was made by Ron at Mammoth Guitars in Southern California.
     
  20. davidguilbault

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    How the Pickups Sound

    These are the two pickups I'll be using in the Custom Telecaster:

    Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Humbucker
    Neck - Clean
    [MP3]http://davidguilbault.typepad.com/TelecasterBuild/SH-2N.mp3[/MP3]

    Seymour Duncan APTL-3JD Jerry Donahue Lead for Telecaster
    Bridge - Clean
    [MP3]http://davidguilbault.typepad.com/TelecasterBuild/APTL-3JDB.mp3[/MP3]

    These are the two pickups I'll likely be using in the Custom Thinline:


    Seymour Duncan APH-1 Alnico II Pro Humbucker
    Neck - Clean
    [MP3]http://davidguilbault.typepad.com/TelecasterBuild/APH-1N.mp3[/MP3]

    Seymour Duncan APTL-1 Alnico II Pro Lead for Telecaster
    Bridge - Clean
    [MP3]http://davidguilbault.typepad.com/TelecasterBuild/APTL-1B.mp3[/MP3]

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    Seymour Duncan STL-1B Vintage Lead for Broadcaster
    Bridge - Clean
    [MP3]http://davidguilbault.typepad.com/TelecasterBuild/STL-1B.mp3[/MP3]


    TELECASTER

    NECK: SH-2N: Jazz Model Humbucker
    Clear and articulate. The consummate neck humbucker.
    Model: SH-2
    DC Resistance: 7.72 k
    Resonant Peak: 8 KHz
    EQ: 9 / 3 / 5 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
    Magnet: Alnico V Bar
    Cable: Four Con.
    Output: Moderate
    Type: Humbucker

    BRIDGE: APTL-3JD: Jerry Donahue Lead
    Punchy and exceptionally well-balanced.
    Model: APTL-3JD
    DC Resistance: 7.8 k
    Resonant Peak: 6.63 KHz
    EQ: 7 / 5 / 5 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
    Magnet: Alnico II Rods
    Cable: Single Con. Cloth
    Output: Moderate
    Type: Single Coil

    THINLINE

    NECK: APH-1: Alnico II Pro Humbucker
    The ultimate vintage blues humbucker.
    Model: APH-1
    DC Resistance: 7.6 k
    Resonant Peak: 7.1 KHz
    EQ: 8 / 4 / 7 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
    Magnet: Alnico II Bar
    Cable: Four Con.
    Output: Moderate
    Type: Humbucker

    BRIDGE: APTL-1: Alnico II Pro Lead
    Vintage output with more warmth.
    Model: STL-1B
    DC Resistance: 6.2 k
    Resonant Peak: 8.5 KHz
    EQ: 5 / 2 / 5 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
    Magnet: Alnico II Rods
    Cable: Single Con. Cloth
    Output: Moderate
    Type: Single Coil

    BRIDGE: SLT-1B: Vintage Broadcaster Lead
    More nasal Broadcaster Sound.
    Model: STL-1B
    DC Resistance: 7.6 k
    Resonant Peak: 8.5 KHz
    EQ: 8 / 7 / 3 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
    Magnet: Alnico V Rods
    Cable: Single Con. Cloth
    Output: Moderate
    Type: Single Coil
     
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  21. davidguilbault

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    APH-1N: Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Humbucker

    APH-1N: Alnico II Pro Humbucker
    THINLINE: African Mahogany Body / Figured Maple Top / Curly Maple Neck

    [MP3]http://davidguilbault.typepad.com/TelecasterBuild/APH-1N.mp3[/MP3]

    NECK HUMBUCKER
    The ultimate vintage blues humbucker.
    For brighter toned instruments.
    Works especially well with Maple fingerboards.
    Works great with hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.

    Model: APH-1
    DC Resistance: 7.6 k
    Resonant Peak: 7.1 KHz
    EQ: 8 / 4 / 7 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
    Magnet: Alnico II Bar
    Cable: Four Con.
    Output: Moderate
    Type: Humbucker
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